Barry and Mags
White with fundraisers before
the start of a sponsored walk
from the RVH to Craigavon to
raise funds for Tiny Life. Photo
by Simon Graham/Harrison
A MOIRA couple have raised over £8,000 for a
premature baby charity by organising a 26 mile walk in memory of
their late daughter.
Last Friday, Barry White (38) set out from
the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast to walk to
Craigavon Area Hospital via Lisburn, Moira and Lurgan in aid of
TinyLlife. Following the death of their beloved baby Megan, who
was born in September last year weighing just 1lb 2.5oz, the
smallest baby in the country at that time, Barry and his wife
Mags (28) decided that they wanted to raise money for TinyLife -
the charity that provided them with much needed support.
Megan fought bravely for six months and four
days before her lungs failed on March 30. She had spent her
short life between the Royal and Craigavon hospital with her
proud parents never able to ever take her home. Speaking about
the walk Mags said: "Myself and Barry made a presentation to the
Unit at the Royal and, accompanied by around 10 walkers, began
"Lunch was very kindly provided by Daltons of
Lisburn, and much appreciated by ravenous walkers. The Four
Trees in Moira provided afternoon refreshments later.
Collections were made by 20 volunteers as the walk took place,
and there were 30 walkers in total between the different legs of
"The team arrived in Craigavon at 7.25pm
-five minutes ahead of schedule - and were greeted by Dan Corr,
Tiny Life's chairman. A presentation was then made to the
Neonatal unit at Craigavon Area Hospital."
Barry said: —Megan's Walk', was a
great success and we were over the moon to raise around £3,000
in collections which has brought our total to over £8,000
including sponsorship money - and there's more to come.
"We were so amazed and encouraged by the
support for this event, and feel so privileged to be able to pay
tribute to Megan and also raise the profile of Tiny Life."
After the walk Mags and Barry hosted a BBQ
for the walkers and collectors that evening and a hot-tub was
kindly sponsored by Oasis leisure.
The brave parents would like to thank all the
participants on the day, including walkers and collectors and
all who donated.
They would also like to give a special word
of thanks to Lisburn City Council, Mount Charles, Daltons,
Geddis & McKee Hardware, Oasis Leisure, Four Trees, Hagues,
Jamisons Gas Centre, Sam Jordan of Mawhinneys Familiy Butchers
Newtownards and Coca -Cola.
Updated totals can be accessed on
www.justgiving.com/meganswalk (still open for donations).
The walkers arriving in Lisburn
Barry and Mags White with Lisburn
Mayor James Tinsley before the start of the
sponsored walk from the RVH to Craigavon